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The Latest: Officer to plead not guilty after man’s death

January 18, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the criminal case against a white Nashville police officer who shot and killed an armed black man who was fleeing (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

The attorney for a white police officer indicted in Tennessee on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of an armed black man says the officer will plead not guilty.

David Raybin says in an email that Nashville office Andrew Delke acted in accordance with his training and Tennessee law when he shot 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick from behind during a foot chase in July.

Raybin says Hambrick ignored repeated orders to drop his gun.

An arrest affidavit says Delke, who is also 25, pulled into a parking lot after mistaking a car for one he had been following. Hambrick was in the area and began to run.

Delke shot Hambrick in the back, torso and the back of his head.

District Attorney General Glenn Funk said Delke could have sought cover and called for help.

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2:50 p.m.

A grand jury in Tennessee has indicted a white police officer on a charge of first-degree murder for killing an armed black man who ran when he saw police.

The indictment against Nashville officer Andrew Delke was announced Friday by the district attorney’s office. Delke shot 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick from behind during a foot chase in July.

An arrest affidavit says Delke pulled into a parking lot after mistaking a car for one he had been following. Hambrick was in the area and began to run.

The defense argued earlier this month that Delke followed his training and state law in shooting after he saw Hambrick had a gun.

Delke shot Hambrick in the back, torso and the back of his head.

District Attorney General Glenn Funk said Delke could have sought cover and called for help.

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